The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.
By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review.
As part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) re-accreditation process, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a carefully designed and focused university-wide initiative to improve student learning. The selection of Southern's QEP topic is an important decision the University will make together as faculty, staff, and students pursue one clear objective: to enhance student learning on our campus.
One of the most important decisions that will be made on our campus during 2008 will be choosing the topic of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). SACS requires that the topic selected for a QEP be creative and vital to the long-term improvement of student learning. SACS also requires evidence that developing the QEP has engaged the entire university community in the process. While a QEP is a required element in SACS reaffirmation, more importantly our QEP process will provide an opportunity for everyone to talk and work inclusively to positively enhance student learning.